The services at a church were interrupted on Sunday morning when around a dozen “fake” Muslims entered the place of worship and shouted anti-Islam slogans.
The protesters belonged to Party for Freedom group, one of the major supporters of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson. They were around 10 in number and entered with racist intentions in NSW’s Central Coast’s Gosford Anglican Church. The group used ill words for Muslims and indicated their connection with terrorism and pedophilia.
The demonstrators were dressed in Islamic outfit and mocked Muslims using maligning words against the religion. They entered the church, prayed like a Muslim does on a loudspeaker and then shouted anti-Islam slogans.
Father Rod Bower was conducting the church services when the protesters entered the church. He specified that the group was a supporter of Hanson. “[Pauline Hanson] supporters impersonating Muslims interrupt service … frighten children,” Father Bower said on Twitter.
Bower had a conversation with a media outlet where he specified that it was the work that the church did, which made it a target of the anti-Islam “racist stunt.” “It was … just out of the blue, some of the congregation were quite upset,” he told the ABC.
“I recognized one of the participants, and clearly, they weren’t Muslims — it was mock attire. I took a minute or so but I worked out who they were. I quieted the congregation down; they were a bit distressed.”
Bower said that the church worked under multicultural policies and it believed in “building bridge and not walls.” On its Facebook page, the Party for Freedom said that it was not in favor of open borders and multicultural services. “The Party for Freedom is committed to traditional Australian family values, the protection of Australia’s independence including property rights, true democracy and the rule of law,” it stated.
The party respected those who stuck to these values. It advocated immigration policies focusing on the intake of people based on cultural compatibility, with no Muslims allowed to enter the borders.